AcryliK was a means of conveying the conceptual building design of androidKRAFT. A complex, clear acrylic model was lasercut and assembled through a 3-operation process. The entire massing of the facades and floors were modeled within Rhino (3d modeling) and Grasshopper (parametric modeling). With the help of parametric modeling software, Grasshopper was able to take a grayscale bitmap and generate an undulating wall system that could be adjusted with a set of various parameters (block thickness, block size, stacking pattern, and wall size).

Through slice and dice contouring of the entire model, careful consideration of how each of the 4 walls would connect was integrated into the modeling and assembly process. Thin piano wire was used in strategic locations to provide an easy way to line up each unique layer during assembly. Because each layer was unique, organization was essential in laying out the cut files and stacking each of the 4 walls. Each of the assembled 4 wall panels were placed back in the laser cutter bed to lasercut (raster) a varying degree of opacity-translucency to specific portions of the model. The 4 completed walls and floor plates were slid into place and a led light was located in the base of the model to help display the varying degree of thickness and opacity/transparency of the dynamic wall system.

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